Ministers are to approve a number of changes to the Covid-19 testing regime and rules around close contacts when they meet this morning.

 

The Chief Medical Officer has recommended getting rid of the five day isolation period for asymptomatic close contacts of a confirmed case who have had a booster vaccine.

People who test positive on an antigen test now won't need a further PCR test to confirm it, in a bid to free up space in the system.

Anyone who tests positive will have to isolate for seven days - regardless of whether they've had a booster.

While close contacts who have yet to be boosted will also face seven days of isolation.

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